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About: Team Barry Boxing

Team Barry President:KEVIN BARRY has been involved with Boxing all his life. Born in New Zealand, Kevin boxed for 16 years as an amateur – Winning many titles and culminating his career as a light heavyweight Winning an Olympic Silver Medal at the Los Angeles Olympic Games In 1984.  It was New Zealand’s first boxing medal for 56 years.

​Kevin experienced all aspects of the sport – including as a trainer, Manager, promoter, matchmaker, television commentator, media Consultant and personal trainer. Kevin currently works with numerous professional and amateur Fighters (Boxing, MuayThai and MMA) and is very involved with personal training for a number of
high profile Corporate clients.

Kevin Barry has been immersed in the sport of boxing almost all of his life. He fought his first amateur fight at the age of eight, fought his last 16 years later after compiling an international record that made him an Olympic silver medalist and New Zealand’s most successful amateur fighter.

   Fighting mostly as a light-heavyweight, Barry won 19 of 23 international fights. Before he hung up the gloves to embark on a highly successful professional promotional, managerial and trainer career, he was a three-time Oceania champion; won a Commonwealth championship in Belfast, Northern Ireland; captured a King’s Cup silver medal in Bangkok, Thailand; and won the silver medal at the 1984 Los Angeles Olympic Games by defeating Evander Holyfield by disqualification in the semi-finals. That Silver was New Zealand’s first Olympic boxing medal in 56 years.

   A year after his Olympic achievement, Barry began his coaching career by working with amateurs, many of whom went on to win national honors. Five years later, New Zealand's hero of the LA Olympics switched his focus to the professional game, where he began training, managing and promoting a rash of top-level boxers.

   This multi-talented New Zealander has international experience throughout all aspects of the sport, from trainer and manager to promoter, as talent scout, publicist and television commentator. “I just kept trying on different hats,” Barry says. “And they all seemed to fit. I feel I have been very fortunate.”

   Following the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games, Barry signed a management contract with a nineteen-year-old heavyweight bronze medalist named David Tua, a native Samoan fighting out of New Zealand. One of Kevin's first moves was to shift Tua's base to the United States, where he put him under the promotional flag of Lou Duva's Main Events Company.

   Over the next 12 years, Barry was the guiding force behind David Tua’s ascent to the level of the world’s premiere heavyweight fighters. On November 11 2000, Tua challenged Lennox Lewis for the undisputed Heavyweight World Championship. He lost a 12-round decision.

   In mid-2001, after Tua was dropped in the rankings following a disappointing 12-round decision to Chris Byrd., Barry took on the additional duty of trainer. Under his tutelage, Tua ran off an impressive string of four straight stoppages, including victories over previously undefeated Fres Oquendo to win the NABF Championship and an explosive 30-second demolition of the former two-time heavyweight champion Michael Moorer. His last fight with Barry was a 12-round draw with former world champion Hasim Rahman.

   Barry previously guided the career of the current WBA middleweight champion Maselino Masoe, training and managing him for his first 20 fights over a five-year period. He managed the former IBF Super Featherweight Champion Robbie Peden for the first five years of his career.

   “I am very proud of the success of Masoe and Peden,” Barry said in a recent interview. “And I am proud of the strong foundation I gave them so they could go on to achieve very real success in a very brutal sport.”

   Highly respected in the sport of boxing, Barry works totally in a professional manner while setting high goals for himself. As one New Zealand critic observed: “Kevin does not suffer fools gladly. He works hard and he demands the people around him put in the same effort.”

   Kevin now resides in Las Vegas and is married to former Olympic rhythmic gymnast Tanya Moss. Kevin has 4 children. An older daughter Casey and a daughter Jordy and twin son’s Taylor and Mitchell with Tanya.

   “I’ve been on the high road and I like it,” said Barry. “People tell me you have to be lucky to be successful in this sport. I find that all the so-called lucky ones that I have met just happened to be hard-working. I don’t think that is a coincidence.”

Barry is always very active in the boxing business. He previously trained and managed the careers of heavyweight prospects Omran Awadi 11-0 11 ko’s and Teke Oruh 16-2. He managed the career of 2006 World Amateur Muay Thai Champion Shawn Yarborough and was his boxing coach. Shawn was 8-1-1 under Barry with 5 first round knockouts. 

Some other fighters previously trained by Barry included former 2 time World Kick Boxing Champion Dewey “The Black Kobra” Cooper, 17-3 as a cruiserweight and multiple mma title belt holder John Gunderson 23-5.

Barry has a successful personal training program working with many top professional business clients including Richard Moriarty and Bill Lerner, the owners of the Union Gaming Group, and investment banking company. Gynecologist Dr. Kord Strebel, top plastic surgeon Frank Stile, Sean Moriarty the former CEO of Ticketmaster and others.
​ Barry along with close friend Greg Costello has been instrumental in the formation of FightClub, a charity amateur boxing event that has nightclub hosts and management from various nightclubs fighting each other. This very entertaining event has become successful with Barry and Costello hosting 4 events in The Joint at the Hard Rock Hotel and Casino. Money was raised for Smile Train (an organization that surgically helps third world children with cleft palate) and local youth boxing.

Late 2009 Barry was asked to train gifted Kazakhstan fighter Beibut Shumenov. A highlight in Kevin Barry’s coaching career came on January 29 2010. Beibut Shumenov in an all action fight defeated the then champion Gabriel Campillo to win the WBA and IBA World Light Heavyweight Championships.
Beibut made history by winning the WBA World Light Heavyweight Championship in only his 10th professional fight. Barry trained Shumenov to defend the world title 3 times, defeating Ukraine’s Vyacheslav Uzelkov 22-0 in a mandatory fight, former world champion William Joppy 39-6-2 and Danny Santiago 31-4-1.While training Shumenov, Barry was also head trainer for Uzbekistan fighters, welterweight Ravshan Hudaynazarov 15-0 12ko’s and light heavyweight Gayrat Ahmedov 17-0 11 ko’s.

After deferring surgery for a number of years Barry closed his gym late 2011 to have a total ankle replacement on his right ankle and rotator cuff surgery on his left shoulder. Barry decided to put his coaching career on hold for a year while he worked on his body’s rehabilitation.

​In April 2013 another chapter began in Barry’s career when he signed on to train New Zealand’s successful amateur heavyweight star Joseph Parker.
Parker had turned professional under the promotional guidance of Duco Events and was 4-0 4 ko’s. Barry’s first task was, in 8 weeks, to have Parker ready to fight the very durable, extremely experienced Franscois Botha. This was a huge task for the young 21 year old as Botha had 4 times challenged for the Heavyweight Championship of the World and only lost to boxing’s best, the likes of Evander Holyfield, Mike Tyson and Lennox Lewis. Parker moved into Barry’s home in Las Vegas where training 3 times a day they went to work developing Joseph’s skills, strength and power. In a short time it became evident that Parker was the best talent to come from New Zealand since David Tua had burst onto the heavyweight scene 20 years earlier. Four weeks into their preparations Barry took a tune up fight against the tough and durable Brice Ritani-Coe. On May 16 in Los Angeles, Parker showing his new improvement pitched a shutout victory over 6 rounds. Then 4 weeks later on June 13 in the Trusts Arena, Auckland NZ, Joseph Parker stepped into the ring with Franscois Botha 48-9-3. Live on ppv television in New Zealand and heading a fight card for the first time Parker destroyed Botha knocking him out 2.32 in round 2. A new boxing star was born in New Zealand.

On October 10 back at the Trusts Arena Auckland NZ Parker challenged King Afa Tatupu for the New Zealand Professional Heavyweight Championship. Parker after battering Tatupu in round 1 knocked him out in round 2 to become the new New Zealand professional Heavyweight Champion.

On April 26 Joe had his first fight of 2014. He travelled to Oberhausen,Germany to challenge Brazilian Marcelo Nascimento for the PABA heavyweight title. Parker dominated his Brazilian opponent winning by a 7th round stoppage. The fight was a televised support bout to Wladimir Klitschko’s world heavyweight title defense. It was seen by over 20 million people across Europe and other parts of the world.In Joseph’s second outing back in Auckland NZ on July 5, he faced the rugged Brian Minto, challenging him for his WBO Oriental title. Minto was ranked #12 in the world and a respected heavyweight gatekeeper who had significantly more experience against many big names in the division. Joseph battered Minto putting on a clinic like performance as he pounded Minto into submission stopping him in the 7th round. The fight was also a defense of Parker’s PABA heavyweight title.

In Joseph’s second outing back in Auckland NZ on July 5, he faced the rugged Brian Minto, challenging him for his WBO Oriental title. Minto was ranked #12 in the world and a respected heavyweight gatekeeper who had significantly more experience against many big names in the division. Joseph battered Minto putting on a clinic like performance as he pounded Minto into submission stopping him in the 7th round. The fight was also a defense of Parker’s PABA heavyweight title.

One month later Joe travelled to Pennsylvania USA to compete on a Duco co-promoted event with Main Events. The fight was broadcast by the NBC network across the USA. Parker fought American Keith Thompson, dropping him twice to the canvas and scoring a third round ko victory. It was a great opportunity for Joseph to show his world class power and skills to a live American audience.In October Parker stepped up again to face Sherman “the tank” Williams, a respected pressure fighter who had only been stopped once in his 53 fight career. Joseph out boxed and out skilled Williams winning by a shut points decision. On the same night Team Barry’s new heavyweight signing Izu Ugonoh 10-0 8 ko’s had his first appearance under Kevin Barry’s training. Ugonoh the 6 foot 5 inch, former world kickboxing champion made a devastating debut knocking out the very durable Junior Iakopo in 2 rounds.

Joseph Parker’s last fight for 2014 was on December 6 in Hamilton heading the “Fight for Life” promotion. Joe defended his 2 regional titles against Irineu Beato Costa Jr. 15-1, 13ko’s. The Brazilian was rated number 15 in the world by the WBO and had ko’ed 13 of his previous 14 opponents. Joseph totally outclassed him, knocking him out in the 4th round with a one punch knockout.